LOS Provider Launcher Solutions Adds Alt Data From LexisNexis

Technology startup Launcher Solutions inked a deal last week to integrate alternative data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions into its loan-origination system geared for subprime lenders. Alternative data plays a significant role in auto loan underwriting, especially in the subprime sector where credit bureau profiles may be thin, Launcher Solutions President Nikh Nath told Auto Finance […]

Fitch Forecasts Subprime Auto ABS to Weaken in 2019

While prime auto lease and loan asset-backed securitizations are projected to remain stable, Fitch Ratings Agency expects the outlook for subprime auto ABS to weaken. In a 2019 consumer lending outlook, Fitch’s Senior Director of ABS Ian Rasmussen said subprime auto asset-backed securities are more vulnerable due to weaker borrower profiles and industry headwinds inflated […]

How Lenders’ Response Time Influences Dealer Relationships

Automotive OEMs rate vehicle performance by the time it takes to go from zero to 60 in seconds. This is a measure of energy conversion – fuel, spark, movement. While this is a mechanical situation, a comparison can be made to business response times. While fuel is a potential auto loan customer, the spark is […]

Subprime Originations Expected to Grow in 2019 Despite Lender Caution, TransUnion Says 

Anticipated growth in originations to subprime borrowers is a sign that the auto industry is normalizing and will stay healthy in 2019, Brian Landau, senior vice president and TransUnion’s auto line of business leader, told Auto Finance News. Following a lender pullback from the subprime space in 2016 and 2017, subprime as a percent of […]

CPS Revamps Dealer Portal for Release in Early 2019

Subprime lender Consumer Portfolio Services is boosting dealer self-service options, with a revamped portal slated to debut early next year. “We’re rebuilding the dealer portal, so the dealer can go in and play around with the [loan] structure until he gets one that he likes, and we accept, without having to call a buyer and […]

Bigger Risk Appetites, Less Competition Spur Subprime Volume

After eight straight quarters of credit tightening, lenders are widening risk parameters to reach more subprime borrowers. The reentry into lower credit tiers stems from an increase in lenders’ use of alternative data to underwrite loans, which translates to more affordable options for subprime borrowers, said Brian Landau, senior vice president and automotive business leader […]

Affordability, Credit Access Spur Used-Vehicle Sales

Tighter underwriting standards and vehicle affordability are spurring new-car shoppers to buy used, Lawrence Dixon, senior director of valuation services at J.D. Power, told Auto Finance News. “In an environment where new-vehicle demand is plateauing, we believe a big reason for that is affordability,” Dixon said. “New-vehicle affordability is becoming increasingly difficult to attain, consumers […]

Alt-Data Helps Lenders Overcome Underwriting Hurdles

LAS VEGAS — Lenders are making alternative data a more integral part of the underwriting process. In the subprime sector, alternative data can paint a clearer picture and better assist lenders in assuming comfortable risk levels. “The more information you can have, the better a decision you can make and potentially price loans the right […]
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